EyeCare Partners Launches an Innovation Center With Goal of Improving Patient Outcomes and Enhancing Care

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners (ECP), a leading provider of clinically integrated eyecare, yesterday announced the launch of the EyeCare Partners Innovation Center with a mandate to improve the delivery and quality of eyecare and advance clinical eye health education. ECP described the Innovation Center as “an information and technology center of excellence” that will “unite the expertise of over 1,000 eyecare providers with data from E360+, EyeCare Partners’ proprietary data platform, to advance eyecare quality, research and education.

Silmo Celebrates 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:21 AM PARIS—Silmo announced its 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners on Saturday, September 24. The Silmo d’Or Award winners are chosen by a jury each year; this year, interior architect and designer Jun Gobron acted as jury president, as reported by VMAIL this August. The awards are made up of 10 categories: Children, Sport, Vision, Low Vision, Optical Frame Brands & Labels, Sunglasses Brands & Labels, Technological Innovation in Eyewear, Connected Products, Sunglasses Eyewear Designer, Optical Frame Eyewear Designer; and two special awards, the Premiere Classe Award and the Jury Award.

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University Recognizes Contributions of Black Eyecare Perspective Founders and Several Others With 2022 Presidential Medals of Honor

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:18 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University honored several eyecare professionals recently at its annual recognition event here earlier this month, including three Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University alumni who were recognized for their work as leaders of Black Eyecare Perspective (BEP) with  2022 Presidential Medal of Honor recipients. Black Eyecare Perspective (BEP) is an organization dedicated to increasing Black representation in optometry by creating a pipeline for Black students into the profession, cultivating and fostering lifelong relationships between Black eyecare professionals and the eyecare industry.

Santen and UBE Receive FDA Approval for Glaucoma Eye Drop

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:15 AM EMERYVILLE, Calif. & UBE, Japan—Santen Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Santen), and UBE Corporation (UBE) announced on Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved OMLONTI (omidenepag isopropyl ophthalmic solution) 0.002% eye drops for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The approval date was September 22. OMLONTI is developed jointly by Santen and UBE, according to the announcement.

L’Amy America Launches New Ann Taylor Styles

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:08 AM

Glemaud x Tura Premieres at New York Fashion Week

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:05 AM

Guide Dogs for the Blind and American Foundation for the Blind Release Research Study Findings

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:09 PM SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and WASHINGTON, D.C.—Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have released the findings of The Role of Guide Dogs in 2022 and Beyond, a joint, two-year research study to examine the long-term outlook for guide dog use in the U.S. and Canada. Top findings for the first-of-its-kind study revealed a greatly expanded use of technology among travelers who are blind or visually impaired, and a shift to using rideshare services from public transit and walking. The study was conducted in 2020 and 2021 through a survey of more than 500 people who are blind or visually impaired including both guide dog users and nonusers. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: 3 Ways to Take Customer Service in Eyecare to the Next Level

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:06 PM Customer experience, or patient experience, as it is known in health care, is essential to building a profitable practice. The best of care will be subverted by an unpleasant experience in an OD’s office. After spending so much time home-bound during the pandemic, people now expect more when they leave their homes. When they visit a health care provider they expect both expert care and advanced technology, in addition to the same high-level customer experience they would receive at their favorite stores or restaurants. Savvy companies, like Tesla and Warby Parker, have caught on to these new expectations, and are running with it. Read More

King Charles Bank Notes Won’t Circulate Until Mid-2024

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 2:21 PM This means the coinage of King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II will co-circulate in the U.K. for many years to come.

Design Eyewear Group Completes Another Acquisition

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 2:09 PM With the acquisition of William Morris London, Design Eyewear Group is expanding its portfolio of premium and mid-market eyewear for independent opticians all over the world, bringing the company closer to its goal of becoming one of the world’s leading multi-brand providers of designer eyeglass frames.

NASA Practices 'Planetary Defense'

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:56 PM This week, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) made impact with an asteroid, after 10 months in space. NASA says this is the "world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration," showcasing that NASA can deflect an asteroid if need be. Head over to the NASA website to learn more about this mission, or to NASA's Twitter account to watch a video of the impact.

Despite Inflationary Pressures, American Eyecare Still Prioritize Spending on Contact Lens and Eyeglass

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 10:37 AM Americans overwhelmingly value their contact lenses and eyeglasses, despite inflationary pressures, according to the results of a new survey commissioned by the Contact Lens Institute. Respondents were asked to assign value to 26 different products and services including personal health, entertainment, clothing, dining, and other discretionary spending options. They ranked their contact lenses (84 percent) and eyeglasses (75 percent) as extremely or very important—more than any other category.

Guide Dogs for the Blind and American Foundation for the Blind Release Research Study Findings

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:24 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and WASHINGTON, D.C.—Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have released the findings of The Role of Guide Dogs in 2022 and Beyond, a joint, two-year research study to examine the long-term outlook for guide dog use in the U.S. and Canada. Top findings for the first-of-its-kind study revealed a greatly expanded use of technology among travelers who are blind or visually impaired, and a shift to using rideshare services from public transit and walking.

Safilo and Eastman Introduce Tritan Renew for Polarized Lenses

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has announced the introduction of Eastman Tritan Renew in its polarized lenses, making it the first player in the market to adopt Tritan Renew polarized lenses and have a bilateral collaboration with Eastman on technical innovation.